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image/symbol/logo usage

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I have a small business that makes a bar/counter top game.  The game's "board"  and "pieces" are fully customizable, IE colors, pinstripes and other designs or personal names/phrases etc...

What I am wondering (as are my customers) is can my customers purchase, for example a New York Yankees sticker (from a licenced MLB retailer) and have me affix it to their game prior to them receiving it?

My product is not dependent on the use of these logos and as of now I don't advertise my product with these logos on them (I don't think I could do this anyway, but let me know if I am mistaken.)  If it is permissible for my customers to add these "personal" touches, I would leave it up them to tell me and would not openly advertise the logos/images.  Any thoughts or suggestions would be appeciated.
Answers (3)
 
while i'm not sure of the nypd logo or new york flag, i belive you cannot trademark a country flag. lots of people place flag on their vehicles. The reason why I say I'm not sure about the chicago flag is because its more place specific and the laws may be different.
 
 
JSonnabend
That's a closer call than many questions raised here.  If the customer is supplying the sticker, etc., and it is officially licensed, then I believe you are not violating any TM rights by using the sticker, etc., as described.  That doesn't mean that MLB won't take issue with what you're doing, but I think the law is likely on your side.

- Jeff
 
 
FlickboardUSA
Thanks for your opinion Jeff.  I somewhat likened the issue to someone who purchases an automobile and then dresses it up with a huge Chicago Cubs stickers on the rear window.  The car and sticker came from two seperate entities and the business who sold the car does not openly advertise placing logos on their vehicles.

What about the NYPD logo, the City of Chicago flag or the American flag for that matter?  Are those symbols of public domain or does the city have trademarks for those?  I tend to think I could use and advertise my product with those symbols/colors without issue because they are public as long as I disclaim that I am not affiliated with that City or public organization.
 

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